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®, tell your doctor about any conditions, such as kidney, liver or bleeding problems. ready to change your routine? ask your doctor about once-a-day xarelto®. for more information including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. you are looking at the sun hitting the washington monument here on the national mall.
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behind us, gorgeous sunrise over the capitol. >> it really is. started out this morning, of course, pretty dark when we started the show this morning, but to watch it come up, has really just been glorious. thank you so much for starting your morning with us. much more ahead on "cnn sunday morning" which starts right now. good morning, everyone. welcome to this very special edition of cnn "sunday morn." it is january 20th, i'm randi kaye. another glorious shot of the sun rising over the capitol building. >> i'm john berman live on the
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national mall in washington as we gear up for the 57th presidential inauguration, which is today. today is the official swearing in of president barack obama for a second term as mandated by the constitution. that will happen around 11:55 this morning. >> in a little over an hour from now, vice president joe biden will take his oath of office. we'll, of course, take you there live. all day long cnn will bring you the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, break down the political and historical context of this very special day. but, first, this morning we want to bring you up to speed on this hostage situation in algeria. this morning, the crisis at a natural gas plant is aapparently over and state department says at least one american man is dead, but we still have so many questions about this, including exactly how many people are still missing. let us tell you what we do know right now. the algerian ministry said it launched a second assault yesterday that ended the three-day standoff. the interior ministry says
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almost 700 algerian hostages have been freed, along with 107 foreigners. but at least 23 hostages are dead, including one americancit. so are dozens of islamist militants. joining us now barbara starr. barbara, good morning to you. i know you have been following this and working this story. first of all, are any americans still missing and what is washington saying at this point? >> good morning to you, randi. yes, it is believed that a small number of americans who may have been at the plant are still unaccounted for. the state department confirming that one death also six other americans apparently freed. the white house is saying it is in close contact with the algerian government about all of this, but still the u.s. and at least seven or eight other nations trying to work out exactly what happened, the fate of their citizens who were there, what the algerian government did and who exactly
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was behind this attack. this is now one of the key questions for the united states and intelligence services around the world. if this was al qaeda in north africa, which almost everyone seems to accept, it was -- what does this mean? is this a new front on the war on terror? this was by all accounts a very well-planned attack. they were heavily armed and moved several hundred into the algerian desert. this just didn't happen. who is behind all of it and what is the current threat they now pose. randi? >> algerian special forces took a whole lot of heat on thurz sd for launching the first attack to end this crisis. what are they saying about yesterday's attack now? >> you are absolutely right. how swiftly and violently the algerian forces cracked down on all of this. no question about it. the united states, britain, western allies who had citizens
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there saying they were not informed that the algerian special forces were going to move in and they moved in, perhaps, too fast and too hard. but that said, all of the governments from washington to london are saying it is the fault, of course, of the attackers that the responsibility lies with them. but make no mistake, the algerian government, very tough on militants inside that country. very swift to crack down on this. the message that they are sending, of course, is one of very tough, a very tough posture that they simply won't put up with this. randi? >> terrible situation there. barbara starr reporting for us this morning. barbara, thank you very much. we have some other news including shocking video to show you from a political convention in bulgaria. we want to warn you here. this is tough to look at here. you can see it here, a man running on to the stage pulling his gun. the amazing thing is, it failed to fire there. what luck. the would-be assassin was targeting the leader of a
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minority party in bull garria. before he could try to fire, again, he was pushed to the ground, tackled and beaten. back here in the u.s., stan the man has died. i'm talking about baseball hall of famer stan musial. he was one of the best who ever played the game. he ranks fourth all-time in hits. he played 22 seasons and after his retirement became one of the game's great ambassadors. he was 92. >> one of the classiest players ever to play in the game. honda announced the second most major recall and, again, a problem of their odyssey minivans and suvs. some air bags may have been put together incorrectly and may not deploy when you need them. recalling 750,000 vehicles. want to go back to the reason we're all here this morning. the 57th presidential inauguration and the public ceremonies are tomorrow but the
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president officially begins his second term today. it is going to be a very busy day. next hour around 8:05 eastern time. vice president joe biden will have his official swearing in. the president takes his oath of office in just a few hours just before noon eastern and then at 8:00 tonight the president and vice president along with their wives will attend a candlelight celebration at the national museum. security is always a big concern here. more than 13,000 troops will be in washington to help out. cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence joins us now. chris, you know, we're talking about the crowd size here. some 800,000 people. how does that affect security decisions? >> it affects everything, john, from how much help the d.c. police department has to pull in from other departments around the country to how many roads they eventually closed. you know, four years ago, most of the bridges that link virginia and stream into d.c., those are closed to you and me because they had to be set aside
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for so many police officers, emergency responders, all those tour buses. well, you're talking 10,000 tour buses descending on the city. this year it's only 800. so, a lot of those bridges will be open. a lot easier to get into the city. they're also going to be deputizing 2,000 to 3,000 other police officers from around the country at about noon today to help, but that's a lot fewer than they had here four years ago. also, a lot of improvements. they saw where things went wrong last time with people stuck in tunnels, unable to get to the inauguration. well, now, even the secret service is on twitter. they're going to be putting out updates to get people where they need to go. there's just a different vibe. there were rising threats last time, a new president, 2 million people nearly coming into the city. this time fewer people, no credible threats. they're really concerned about getting people where they want to go and helping people to have some fun while they're here. >> chris, if you're one of the
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800,000 people headed out to the national mall for the inauguration ceremonies, anything special you should keep in mind? >> wear some comfortable shoes because you will be standing outside for quite a long time. also, on the parade route, you know, you can't bring a thermos or a backpack. you know, if you're down there on the grounds of the capitol, you can't bring a baby stroller. someone was hauling around an 18-month-old for hours and hours at a time, that could be tough on parents. you have to plan ahead. the biggest thing is, you know, do not try to argue the merits of some of these rules with the security professionals. you know, you can almost hear people, hey, this is america. i'm a taxpayer, these are public areas. but, look, they do not take kindly to those kind of arguments, especially when it concerns the security of the president. so, just be aware of that. be a little flexible. >> such good advice. comfortable shoes and zip it when it comes to dealing with
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the security personnel here, otherwise it will not end well. chris lawrence, always great to see you. thanks so much. we want to remind you, we are less than an hour away from vice president biden's official swearing in and cnn will bring that to you live as it happens. >> an exciting day here. the vice president, by the way, asked supreme court justice sonya sotomeyer to swear him in. >> it makes me feel and there are many moments that i experience it that i'm in a surreal moment. ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes.
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officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... at officemax. welcome back, everyone, to cnn "sunday morning." take a look here at the washington monument. this is a live shot there. the sun has come up here on this inauguration day. president obama begins his second term officially today at noon, as mandated by the constitution. and in less than an hour, vice president biden will take his oath of office at the naval observatory. his official residence and we'll bring it to you live at 8:05 eastern time. sonia sotomayor will make history when she swears the vice president into office to begin his second tirl. she talked to our soledad
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o'brien about what this moment means to her. >> i was thinking just a couple of days ago if i think back at when i was a kid, which of the two events would have seemed more improbable to me. i realized each one was so far fetched that i couldn't have imagined either. >> supreme court, swearing in the vice president. >> swearing in the vice president in front of the nation and the world. >> does it make you anxious? >> anxiety is not the word. >> what is the word? >> it makes me feel as if -- there are many moments i still experience it that i'm in a surreal moment. i -- sometimes when i'm in those really special times, i think to myself, am i dreaming? please, nobody pinch me and wake me up. that's what i suspect i'll experience a little bit of on
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monday. >> how does it work? do you go home every night and memorize it, practice it in front of the mirror. you remember there was a little bit of a mess up four years ago for the president. >> well, when you read my book, you know that i practice everything i do over and over and over again. and, so, i have been saying the oath out loud for a couple of weeks now, a couple of times a day. but i won't rely on my memory either. i'll have a card with me. i like security blankets. >> preparation and security. >> well, you have to do both things. you know, i talk in the book about being a lawyer. you have to prepare and prepare and prepare, and if something unexpected happens, the playbook has to go out the window and you have to create a new one on the spot. >> practice, practice, practice. of course, you can catch the full interview tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern on "starting point"
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during our special presidential inauguration coverage. as we've been mentioning all morning, today is the official inauguration. less than an hour away from vice president biden's official swearing in. then just before noon, president obama himself will be sworn in. we'll bring that to you live as it happens. ahead, we'll talk with a white house veteran about how this inauguration is different than the 56 that have come before, as well as president obama's legacy. oh! progress-oh! -oh! -oh! oh! oh! ♪ what do you know? oh! ♪ bacon? -oh! -oh! oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!"
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you are looking live at the u.s. capitol this morning. a beautiful look at that beautiful building as the sun comes up over washington. it is inauguration day. you know, president obama begins his second term today at noon. as mandated by the constitution. and in less than an hour vice president biden will take his oath of office at the naval observatory, which, of course, is his official residence. we'll bring that to you live at 8:05 eastern. he will stand across from supreme court justice sonya soter mayier and at that moment she will be the first -- >> it will be the first of so many history making moments that we expect to unfold in the next
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few days. who better to talk about that than anita mcbride. she was chief of staff to laura bush and worked in white houses for a long time, way back to the reagan administration. you have been at this for a long time. a lot of experience, a lot of time in washington for these inaugurations and these wonderful ceremonies. how will this one be different, do you think? >> they're all historic. each one is special and unique, particularly for the president and the president's family and the vice president and the vice president's family. but over time and over history, really, even as technology has increased and has changed, just how it has brought to so many more people around the country and around the world. this will be, we've come a long way from 1845 when the first one was telegraphed to now, 2013 where there's an app for that. so, there's a lot of history throughout, you know, our country. and, again, it's just, it's a historic moment. >> as we have been talking this morning, they had to add cell
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phone towers to make sure people can get their pictures and instagrams out. do you think he successfully established a legacy and do you think that legacy would hold in the second term or possibly change? >> well, i think, you know, there's always pressure on the president to have his mark on history and, clearly, in his first term, the focus was on domestic policy and moving the country in a direction that he felt was important. and second terms, you know, generally do tend to have a global and a world focus and, so, i think that will be interesting to see whether there is a pivot because clearly there are things you cannot predict and there are things going on all over the world that he has to respond to. i think that will be a question if there is a legacy on foreign policy other than the important moment of taking on -- >> it lets us take note in a way of the way the first family has lived their life in the white
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house, one thing that you noted is that the obamas like to go out to restaurants and eat out as opposed to the bushes who entertained inside the white house. how does that change the washington scene, do you think? >> i think there's almost been less of that, too. as time went on, there was a newness when they moved into their new city and their new community and they wanted to get out and about and be seen as members of our community family here in washington. but the reality is, it does get very hard to make the movements outside of the white house to disrupt the flow of traffic. although, it is an exciting moment, you know, from time to time when they are able to do that. so, i think, you know, the way you live your life before you came here is the way you try to live your life when you are here. >> you worked very closely with laura bush. >> i did. >> i'm just curious, this is the president's day and the vice president's day, as well. for first lady, michelle obama, this is a big transition, as well. do you see changes for her in the second term? maybe even coming into more of her own?
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>> we now know that she almost considered not coming here in 2009 and waiting until the girls were out of school and i think that was just the trepidation of moving. >> i think it was her mom that changed that. >> you know, trying to lead a private life in the priublic ey is not easy, especially when you have young children to adjust. nine months into the first term when the girls came home from school and said we're really happy here and this feels like home. that allowed her to engage in her very public roles, even though unofficial there are a lot of pressure on first ladies. >> the bangs issue. so much focus has been on the new hair style for mrs. obama. what i want to ask you about, is this the type of thing that makes a first lady go crazy? >> a little bit. you know, when will we ever -- i'd like to ask you about your tie and your suit and all the things that you're wearing today that are different. >> a lot of pressure.
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>> it is, always. you are really conscious of the camera always being on you, but if you're confident about how you're presenting yourself, then i think you feel real good about it. >> who is behind a decision like that? how many people have to weigh in on that decision? >> polls and focus groups. >> you have to do some polling and besides the president, maybe, but a lot of folks, right? >> you are your own ceo as first lady and you'll make the decision. but, even the fact that they worked with the press and with their press secretary to release it definitely would indicate that there is discussion going on behind the scenes. >> will she have a legacy of her own, do you think? >> i think she will. every first lady does. i spent my life at american university studying first ladies and taking this series of conferences on the road and talking about their impact and every single one of them have come into this position not clear for what it is. and they find their footing and they leave their mark, every
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single one of them do. >> so great to have you here with thus thus this morning. >> thank you. supreme court justice john roberts will swear in president obama this morning. justice roberts will get in a little practice. history won't repeat itself from the 2009 inauguration flub. suzanne malveaux reminds us how everything went down then and what we can expect now. >> i barack -- >> i will execute the -- faithfully the office of the president of the united states -- >> it was a slip of the tongue, a stumble over words both president obama, a constitutional law professor and chief justice of the supreme court john roberts should have known like the back of their
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hands. but the mistake made for an awkward moment in the middle of a solemn occasion. the swearing in of the first african-american president in front of a crowd more than a million strong on the national mall. robe robert's flub was significant enough that the oath had to be taken again. the very next day at the white house. >> i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin wrote an entire book about this awkward moment in presidential history titled "the oath." did they need to do it, again? >> no one knows. >> really? >> to this day because the legal significance of the oath remains kind of a mystery. so, they just said, look, someone could file a lawsuit, someone could make trouble. we don't want to spend the first week, the first month of the obama presidency litigating
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whether he is president. so, let's just do it. it's slightly embarrass, it's slightly weird. we'll do it, again, and we'll put the issue behind us. >> reporter: an awkward moment between men with similar backgrounds in the law, but widely differing opinions about how it should be interpreted. both obama and roberts are graduates of harvard law, both known for their intellect and charm. roberts was tapped to sit on the supreme court by george w. bush and known as a staunch conservative who helped push through the controversial citizens united ruling that corporations are people, too. dramatically shifting the way campaigns are funded. tell me about the tension between these two men. >> no one would ever mistake them for friends. they are political adversaries on the most important issues and they both know it. >> reporter: but differences aside, the roberts' court also preserved the president's signature legislative achievement in a historic ruling last june. a 5-4 vote to uphold obamacare.
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>> the biggest u.s. supreme court decision in decades. >> reporter: it was a ruling roberts took a lot of flack for. how significant was that that you had john roberts who got a lot of flack for it to come out in support of obamacare? >> it was immensely significant. >> reporter: but monday when the two men meet face-to-face to take the oath for the third time, there will be another potential point of friction on the horizon. because in the president's next term, he'll likely have the chance to determine the future of roberts' court by choosing who will take over, if any aging justices leave. how important is it in terms of the future of the roberts court that obama is going to get a chance, the president is going to get an opportunity potentially to put somebody else on that court? >> it is one of the most important things about obama winning this election because leaving a legacy on the supreme court is what presidents do. >> reporter: suzanne malveaux,
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cnn, washington. >> another chance for chief justice john roberts today. stick around for more of this special coverage of this historic day. vice president joe biden will be sworn in officially. he will start his second term as vice president of the united states. but on the eve of that second term, was there another gaffe for the vice president? we'll explain. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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good morning, everyone. welcome back to this special edition of "cnn sunday morning." it is january 20th. lovely shot there of the washington monument. glad you're with us. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm john berman. such a beautiful morning here on the national mall where we are live this morning because today is the official swearing in of president barack obama for his second term. that's going to happen at 11:55 a.m. this morning because his second term is set to start at noon as mandated by the constitution. >> and in about half hour, vice president joe biden will take his oath of office. we'll take you there live. all day long, cnn will bring you
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the ceremonies, the concerts, the celebrations and, of course, the break down of the political and historical context of this important day. >> so much to talk about. we'll be on it all day. first, we want to bring in cnn's athena jones who is live on capitol hill. what is the vice president's swearing in ceremony going to be like this morning? >> we know that the vice president personally selected supreme court justice sonia sotomayor to do the swearing in. the first hispanic and the fourth judge to do a swearing in. we also know he will be using a family bible. a bible that has been in the family since 1893. this is, we're told it's five inches thick bible and that he used it for every swearing in he had as a u.s. senator and also used it in january of 2009. so, those are just some of the tidbits we know about this coming swearing in. >> so, the vice president has become something of an epic character when it comes to comity, both intentional and unintentional. and last night, he had one of
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those moments. was it a gaffe or perhaps foreshadowing of what's to come? explain. >> he would say it is a gaffe, but pretty funny. he was speaking at a party, the state society of iowa. a lot of iowa democrats there and you know that iowa is a very important state in presidential elections and he made the mistake of saying, "your $$$$i' be president. he laughed and chuckled a little bit himself and eventually regained his composure and was able to go on. it would have been hilarious to be in the room at that moment because there is a lot of talk about what his possible desires are or goals are in 2016. john? >> everyone talking about 2016 already. let's talk about the weather now because, you know, it's chilly, but it's not freezing out right now. tomorrow could be a different story. >> that's right. you know, last time around in january of 2009, it was 28
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degrees at noon, which is very, very cold. if you were here, you remember it being just frigid. right now the national weather service is forecasting highs in the low 40s tomorrow, but it will start out the day in the 20s. so, that means very, very cold. people are going to have to bundle up and the national weather service is also saying there is a 40% chance of snow showers at some point in the day. so, it could prove very, very interesting tomorrow. we don't know when or if that will ultimately happen. but people coming down will come down wearing lots and lots of layers and maybe if they have the hand warmers we all love, they should bring some of those along, as well. >> layers and wool socks. athena jones, thank you very much. president obama will officially be sworn in today. it is scheduled to happen at 11:55 a.m. and you will be able to see it live right here on cnn. >> the public ceremony is tomorrow and the ceremony and the big speech and the parade and all that good stuff.
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>> we're going to talk about that right now. joined by two of our favorite cnn contributors. so, we'll start with maria and start with the democrat here. privilege goes to you. what do you expect from the speech tomorrow? >> i think the president faces a couple of challenges. the first one is to emit optimism and hope, but also to besober about what this country faces. it's not the same as it was four years ago. the excitement is not the same, but i think at the same time, americans are looking to him to give him that optimism and lead with that kind of optimism and sort of go down a path of how he's going to bring this country together. that's the other huge challenge. he faces a hugely divided country, a very partisan country. so, he wants to be able to focus on what he can get done, make sure that the democrats and all the progressives that supported him understand that he will stand by the principles that they supported him on. he wants to reach his hand out
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to the other side of the ideological divide and bring individuals to the cause focusing on solutions for the country. >> let's talk about approval ratings. the president comes into his second term now with an approval rating of 55 points ahead, but seven points behind bill clinton, who was up to 62% in 1997. with that kind of support, does he still need to reach out to the rest of the country? >> he absolutely does. he has four years of governing ahead of him and he has a legacy to build. these next four years are incredibly important for what barack obama, president obama is going to stand for in history. i agree with maria, it has to be about unity. tomorrow is a day for lofty rhetoric. not a day for details or policy specifics. it's a day to bring us together to make us all feel american and celebrate democracy. you know what i think he's going to try to be? memorable. very few memorable state of the
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inaugural addresses. i think he is going to shoot for that memory tomorrow. >> a lot of democrats in town and a lot of the parties today, tomorrow, will be democrats. what do you do if you're a republican this weekend? what is the right way to behave today, tomorrow and then going forward, do you think? >> watch it on tv and eat ice cream. >> eat bonbons on the couch. >> dump your thumb in whiskey. let me tell you. i love the pomp and circumstance, i love the ceremony it and i love the significance. both maria and i were not born here. we come from different countries where there has been political strife. seeing this public transition that happens peacefully every four years time after time, has an enormous significance. for someone like me. i had to flee a country where there was a communist revolution. it is a huge day for americans. for democracy. for the process.
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for peace. it's a huge day for all of us. we should all be celebrating, not the one person, not the one party, but our one country and our one democracy. >> that gets us back to unity. you talked about unity, maria. we have seen anything but that really over the fights over the spending cuts and the tax hikes. do you expect this type of relationship, we'll call it that, between the president and congress to continue? >> i do think there will be that antagonism. we have to be realistic about that. i also think there are certain republicans who understand that while the president has to build a legacy, this is also about republican legacy. what kind of party do they want to be in the next four years? do they just want to continue to be the party of the permanent majority in the house, which can obstruct or do they want to focus on how you build towards being a party that can actually win the white house? this is where i think immigration reform comes in. that is a big first step for
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republicans to show that they understand, especially to the growing latino community, what they need to do in order to bring them in and, frankly, in order to build a path towards winning the white house in 2016 or even beyond. if they don't do that. if they don't focus on trying to figure out a way to get immigration reform done, that's not going to hatppen in our lifetime? thanks for braving the cold out here this morning. appreciate it. >> thank you. this weekend isn't all about the inaugratiurationinauguratio. sleeves rolled up and chomping on some gum. the president and the first lady got to work, he was chomping on some gum. they got to work in a school in washington, d.c., yesterday. the first couple took part in the national day of service. a national holiday that is known on not a day off. that is for sure. the biden family also did their part. the vice president along with his wife and several members of his family spent time filling care packages. 100,000 care kits will be
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shipped off to troops deployed overseas as veterans, first responders and wounded warriors. if you're planning on attending the inauguration here tomorrow, there are a few things you're going to want to know and do. you may want to send out some texts, a tweet or maybe even a video. with some 800,000 people coming here, you should expect some slow service or maybe not. we'll tell you how the wireless companies are preparing for this epic day. >> very important stuff. she knows you like no one else.
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welcome back, everyone, to cnn sunday morning. we are here at the national mall in washington, d.c., as we gear up for the 57th presidential inauguration. >> you can see a sun-soaked capitol behind us. man, does it look beautiful. today is the official swearing in of president barack obama for his second term. that will happen at 11:55 this morning and vice president biden will take his oath just a few minutes from now at 8:05.
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>> tomorrow, of course, is the big public ceremony, the day president obama stands here on the national mall, raises his right hand and addresses millions of people around the world. >> so, shannon travis, i'm told, just a stone's throw away from us somewhere behind us on the mall. if you can squint, i think you can see him in the distance somewhere back there. how many people are we talking about, shannon? >> john, i am a stone's throw away in this wide open field. it's empty right now but we are expecting between 600 and maybe 800,000 people, john. that, obviously, is going to be a lot less in 2009 where we had almost 2 million. 1.8 million people out here. but 600,000 or 800,000 would still be a lot for a second term inauguration. traditionally a lot smaller than that. one thing a lot of people will be doing is what i have up here. i have my facebook up here. obviously, be trying to post a lot of pictures and video and
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tweeting their friends. hey, i'm on the mall for the inauguration, but some of the wireless cell phone companies are say, you know what, don't strain the system. they have been putting up a lot of mobile wireless cell phone towers out here to help meet some of this demand. but a few tips if you're out here and you just have to send those videos or pictures. text is always easier. those go through a lot faster. but in terms of videos or pictures. they recommend if you can compress the photos a little bit to, again, get them smaller so that once it goes through, it doesn't strain the system, as much. obviously, a better tip is just to save those photos and pictures for later when you're not on the mall. john and randi. >> all right, thanks. >> those were some good tips. remember #cnn. rocking out on the guitar. music has played such a big role in past inaugural weekends.
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we'll look at some of the most memorable moments, when we come back.
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and, once again, welcome back to "cnn sunday morning" with another great shot of the capitol. so nice to see the sun coming up behind us here this morning. we had a really nice close-up view here on the national mall all morning long. it has been a terrific morning, wouldn't you say? >> i loved it. >> very inspiring. very patriotic feel around here. coming up, by the way, in just 15 minutes or so, vice president joe biden will be sworn in for his second term and we will, of course, bring that to you live here on cnn. >> a historic moment. the first time a hispanic supreme court justice will be
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doing the swearing in, first time at the naval observatory. wolf blitzer will lead our coverage in just a few minutes. before we get to that, we want to talk about music. music has always played such a big role in role in these inaug festivities. our nischelle turner takes a look at all of it, note by note. ♪ >> reporter: it's become almost as symbolic as the president's speech. ♪ musical performances at presidential inaugurations, like the halftime show during the super bowl, who's performing at the inauguration and the event surrounding has strengthened the bond between politics and pop culture. >> presidents often choose to make statements about who they are and what their dreams and aspirations are through the music, through the inaugural address or the people they bring together. are.rap few big name the president is bringing together is beyonce, kelly clarkson and
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james taylor. all will be sing october steps of the capitol. but it was another president who, by most accounts, first welcomed popular artists to the inauguration. >> i, john fitzgerald kennedy you do solemnly swear. >> the person who changed the nature of the inaugural music was john kennedy, avenues friend, many in hollywood, especially frank sin nat travel. sinatra came in and brought and co-produced one of the great shows of inauguration. >> the younger the president, the more we see a connection to pop culture and to music. kennedy, you have it. nixon, down the. jimmy carter, you have a huge connection, especially with the southern rock crowd. so, the allman brothers were in the white house. ♪ >> reporter: ray charles was among the many stars at president reagan's first inaugural gala. donna saunder the beach boys joined him for his second. george h. w. bush took the stage himself with guitar in hand at
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one of his inaugural balls. ♪ and bill clinton duetted with sex phonist clarence clemons in 1993, but what americans remember most was the performance clinton's campaign theme song. ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ ♪ don't stop >> reporter: all five members of fleetwood mac reunited just to play in front of the clintons as lindsay buckingham recalls. >> what bill and hillary both had to offer is people and what they were espousing was exciting to a lot of us. and so we were quite pleased, as we were going out with the tag, you know, don't you look back, don't you look back, bill comes up and hillary comes up and shakes our hands and it was just one of those experiences you will never forget. ♪ only in america >> reporter: country music was front and center at the inaugural fest foifrts texan george w. bush. >> bush loved to portray himself as a texas rancher. what is a texas rancher listen
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to? country. >> reporter: president obama's upcoming celebration will spotlight country along with rock, r & b and pop. this year's lineup includes brad paisley, fun, stevie wonder and katy perry. ♪ you're a firework >> reporter: an inclusive lineup that reflect the loaders has a diverse taste in music. >> it almost looks more like they book it had by looking at the ipod of barack and michelle and looking at the ipod of their daughters. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide,
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chilly but beautiful sunny day here in the nation teas capital. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world to cnn's special coverage of inauguration day. i'm wolf blitzer here on the national mall. this will be where hundreds, hundreds of thousands of people will gather tomorrow to watch the public swearing in of the president. but of course, today is the official, the official inauguration day, january 20th. the constitutionally mandated start of president obama's second term. the president will be sworn in during a private ceremony at 11:55 a.m. eastern. the vice president, joe biden, is also being sworn in today actually, we are only moments away you 8:20 a.m. eastern, we are told, the vice president will be sworn in.
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we will show you all of this live as it happens. our cnn inaugural team is covering every, every minute of this, the 57th presidential inauguration and we are spread out all over washington, d.c., ready to cover every angle of this historic moment. any moment now, as i said, its vice president will take the oath of office from his official residence. that's here in washington, d.c., at the naval observatory in northwest washington, right off of massachusetts avenue, if you are familiar with the nation's capital. let's bring in our white house correspondent, brianna keilar. she is over at the white house. brianna, good morning. let's set the stage. within the next few moments, the vice president will be sworn in for a second term. >> that's right, wolf n a very intimate ceremony taking place at his home that he shares with his wife, jill biden, his official residence, the naval observatory. and it will be a rather small ceremony, with just 120 guests, friends and family looking on.